During Dota 2’s The International tournament, the game’s biggest tournament and with one of the biggest prize pools in the industry with almost $23 million, Valve announced a trading card game inspired by the studio’s MOBA title.
Artifact received an announcement trailer at the event, but since then, the studio laid low and very few information were revealed after the event. However, the game’s official Twitter suddenly tweeted, after a little short than a year of inactivity, the game’s presence at the upcoming PAX West convention. Shortly after, Artifact’s Steam page showed a November 28th release date, with a $19.99 price tag. This is probably will surprise some, since most people thought the title will adopt a free-to-play model, similar to Blizzard’s Hearthstone. For those unfamiliar with the title, here is a brief description.
Artifact is a digital card game coming from the makers of Dota 2 and Steam. A collaboration of legendary card game designer Richard Garﬁeld and computer game and technology maker Valve (Dota 2, Steam), Artifact is designed to give Trading Card Game (TCG) enthusiasts the deepest gameplay and highest ﬁdelity experience ever in a fantasy card game. It features more than 280 cards in the shipping set, including 44 heroes. Targeted for release on Steam in late 2018, players will be able to buy and sell cards on the Steam Community Marketplace. Artifact will also be supported as a service through expansions, competitive events, and new features.
Artifact releases on November 28th for PC.